Barcelona saw very little trouble on their Champions League opening fixture as Ernesto Valverde’s men demolished PSV Eindhoven 4-0 at Camp Nou.
Starting the competition in front of their home crowd, Barca as usual dominated possession, but were having a hard time breaking down their opponent until Lionel Messi worked his usual magic to give his side a 1-0 lead.
Leading just by a goal in the first 45 minutes, the Spanish giant acknowledge their need of getting more as they kept on pushing forward in the second half.
El Barca’s effort finally got its reward on 74 minutes as Ousmane Dembele puts them two goals up, before Messi netted his second three minutes later, pretty much ending that match as a contest.
Despite having to finish the match with 10 men following Samuel Umtiti’s sending off on 79 minutes, Barcelona were able to score another goal as Messi completed his hat-trick three minutes from time.
Meanwhile, in another game from that group, Inter Milan picked up a late victory over Tottenham Hotspur at home to mark their Champions League return after quite some time.
After a tight first 45 minutes which ended goalless, it was Tottenham that got things going through Christian Eriksen’s effort.
Just as the match seemingly heading into the away team’s favor, Inter suddenly struck out of nowhere as Mauro Icardi scored a stunning first time effort just from outside the penalty area to make it 1-1.
Stunned by that equalizing goal, which arrived against the run of play, Mauricio Pochettino’s side suddenly found themselves under serious pressure and eventually conceding a late header from Matias Vecino, much to the joy of the home crowd as they didn’t see it coming for more than 80 minutes.